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Six-term St. Tammany School Board member Ray Alfred dies

Ray Alfred

Ray Alfred, the longest-serving member of the St. Tammany Parish School Board, died Wednesday, according to a news release from the school system. Alfred, 60, had spent 24 years on the board representing District 14 and was unopposed when he qualified to run this fall for a seventh term in the Slidell-area seat. The… Continue reading →

Former Priestley School site may be sold to Lycee Francais

An Orleans Parish School Board committee has recommended that the French-immersion school Lycee Francais be approved to purchase the former Priestley School campus in the Carrollton area, sending the proposal to the full board this week for what could be final approval. The Priestley campus is one of seven former school sites that were declared… Continue reading →

Union fate could rest on election

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Jefferson Parish School Board candidates for District 6, Meladie Munch, right, and Larry Dale, left, take part in a debate organized by the Alliance for Good Government at the Harahan Senior Center in Harahan, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

For almost four years, a slim majority on the Jefferson Parish School Board, backed by business and civic groups, has been at war with the union that represents the system’s teachers. They have clashed over teacher assessments, layoffs, pay and the collective bargaining agreement that sets the terms of employment for the more than 3,000 educators… Continue reading →

St. John schools to bypass bid law to buy water

As the St. John the Baptist Parish government continues trying to eradicate a potentially fatal brain-damaging amoeba from a portion of its water system, the St. John School Board has declared a state of emergency. The declaration allows the school system to bypass public bid laws to buy bottled water for students at six schools.… Continue reading →

Retiring Francis leaves towering legacy at Xavier

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Dr. Norman Francis announces his retirement as president of Xavier University, a post he has held since 1968 having previously served in other positions since 1957, at Xavier's University Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. In 1952 he graduated with a B.S. from Xavier and was the first African-American student to integrate and attend Loyola University Law School where he received his J.D. in 1955.

The highlights reel of Norman Francis’ career could take a while to show. You would see him at the forefront of various civil rights battles; advising a series of U.S. presidents in addition to governors, mayors and national luminaries; receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush; and hosting visits from President Barack… Continue reading →

Norman C. Francis to retire as Xavier University president

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Dr. Norman Francis announces his retirement as president of Xavier University, a post he has held since 1968 having previously served in other positions since 1957, at Xavier's University Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. In 1952 he graduated with a B.S. from Xavier and was the first African-American student to integrate and attend Loyola University Law School where he received his J.D. in 1955.

Norman Christopher Francis arrived at Xavier University in the wake of World War II, a 17-year-old barber’s son from Lafayette who grew up shining shoes and reached New Orleans “full of dreams and more than a little bit of fear.” He is leaving the school next summer, more than six decades later, confident in his… Continue reading →

Jefferson School Board: Use performance to decide on teacher layoffs

The Jefferson Parish School Board is using a court ruling in California as a springboard to ask state lawmakers to support a constitutional amendment that would allow the school district to use performance, rather than seniority, when deciding which teachers to lay off. The measure, which calls for a constitutional right to an effective teacher, drew… Continue reading →

Loyola University faculty preparing to restructure academic programs

Advocate file photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- Loyola University, New Orleans.

While Loyola University administrators continue to work to solve enrollment woes and eliminate a multimillion-dollar deficit created by having fewer students, the faculty has been at work drawing up plans to restructure the academic side of things, with one proposed plan abolishing four of the five colleges and creating two new undergraduate and graduate colleges in their places.… Continue reading →

Water fountains turned off at six St. John schools

Water fountains in six St. John the Baptist Parish public schools were turned off Friday after state health officials this week confirmed the presence of a rare brain-eating amoeba in one area of the parish’s water lines. Meanwhile, parish officials have increased chlorine levels in the water system after tests conducted by the Louisiana Department of… Continue reading →

Loyola: Departing chief Ronal Serpas to join faculty

Departing New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas will take a teaching position in Loyola University’s Department of Criminal Justice, the university announced in a news release Monday afternoon. The university says Serpas’ position is “not new, but is a replacement position because of recent openings due to attrition” in the department, which offers both bachelor’s and master’s… Continue reading →

Schools try to prepare low-income students for college

Photo provided by New Orleans College Prep -- Cohen College Prepâs graduating seniors listen to a classmate speak during last springâs graduation ceremony â the first for the charter network.

When Pamela Bolton searched for a middle school for her daughter seven years ago, convenience, not college, was on her mind. She ended up enrolling her daughter at a new, untested middle school called New Orleans College Prep largely because she could get there easily. But New Orleans College Prep, and its partner high school,… Continue reading →

New Tulane president focuses on curriculum

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tulane University President Michael Fitts, Thursday, August 14, 2014.

When Michael Fitts was introduced in February as the next president of Tulane University, longtime colleagues lauded the Philadelphia native’s vision for integrating the law curriculum at the top-ranked Penn Law, where he was the dean, with other studies at the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League school. As he’s settling in to his new home,… Continue reading →